Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity In this risk taking book, a major feminist philosopher engages the work of the actor and director who has progressed from being the stereotypical man s man to pushing the boundaries of the very genres the Western, the police thriller, the war or boxing movie most associated with American masculinity Cornell s highly appreciative encounter with the films directed by Clint Eastwood revolve around the questions What is it to be a good man and What is it to be, not just an ethical person, but specifically an ethical man Focusing on Eastwood as a director rather than as an actor or cultural icon, she studies Eastwood in relation to major philosophical and ethical themes that have been articulated in her own life s work.In her fresh and revealing readings of the films, Cornell takes up pressing issues of masculinity as it is caught up in the very definition of ideas of revenge, violence, moral repair, and justice Eastwood grapples with this involvement of masculinity in and through many of the great symbols of American life, including cowboys, boxing, police dramas, and ultimately war perhaps the single greatest symbol of what it means or is supposed to mean to be a man Cornell discusses films from across Eastwood s career, from his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me to Million Dollar Baby.Cornell s book is not a traditional book of film criticism or a cinematographic biography Rather, it is a work of social commentary and ethical philosophy In a world in which we seem to be losing our grip on shared symbols, along with community itself, Eastwood s films work with the fragmented symbols that remain to us in order to engage masculinity with the most profound moral and ethical issues facing us today. Free Download eBook Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity Author Drucilla Cornell –

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  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity
  • Drucilla Cornell
  • English
  • 01 February 2017
  • 0823230139

10 thoughts on “Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

  1. says:

    If you re into Eastwood, especially the films he directed, this is sure to enlighten or enrage you, depending on your bent It enlightened me.When I first saw The Unforgiven, with the rape scene from High Plains Drifter still resonating in my head, my comment was that Munny, the reluctant gunman turned farmer, dissed everything Eastwood was known for Indeed, the entire movie did.Cornell s thesis is that Eastwood, in ...

  2. says:

    Bleh I was intrigued by the premise of this book, but it offers few major insights into Eastwood s work The great majority of it deals with plot summary for the many films covered The insights on a film by film level are sometimes worthwhile, if often painfully obvious Anyone who s seen Flags of our Fathers knows it s an anti war film, but it takes Cornell 10 pages to get that point across What bothered me evenwas the sloppiness of the book In nu...

  3. says:

    Subversion of masculinity in Eastwood s films Some work, some don t Overall a great book if you re looking for ways Eastwood didn t uphold the stereotypes of a white man.

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